The Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival
This is the 15th year of the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival, which has seen it evolve well beyond the confines of its name and into one of the premier music events in the region. This year sees three massive acts on the bill, not least the best-selling female artist of all time, Mariah Carey – an artist who has shifted an incredible 220 million records. Opening the event is Welsh legend Tom Jones, the powerhouse live performer who has been entertaining crowds for more than 50 years, and completing the lineup is Spanish superstar Enrique Iglesias.
When: February 22 – 24
Where: Media City Amphitheatre
Contact: +971 4 391 1196,
Price: Tickets for Tom Jones start at AED325 and tickets for Mariah Carey and Enrique Iglesias start at AED395.
Everything Must Go
This is the first solo exhibition in the UAE from Qatari-American artist Sophia Al Maria. An update of her Black Friday exhibition at The Whitney Museum of American Art last year, it is designed to capture the chaotic, almost apocalyptic act of consumption.
When: February 22 – April 1
Where: The Third Line, Al Quoz 3
Contact: +971 4 341 1367,
Art in the 21st Century
This is the first instalment of a four-week course that explores trends in contemporary art since the 1960s, covering the seismic changes in production,
distribution and presentation of art over the last half century.
When: 6.30pm-9.30pm, Wednesday, February 22
Where: Salsali Private Museum, Al Quoz 1, Alserkal Avenue Complex
Contact: +971 4 380 9600,
Michel Legrand live
Three-time Academy Award-winning French composer, conductor and jazz pianist Michel Legrand takes to the stage for a performance of his many standout compositions – including his Oscar-winning song “The Windmills of Your Mind”.
When: Thursday, February 23
Where: Dubai Opera
Contact: +971 4 440 8888,
Price: From AED250
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
More top-class sport comes to Dubai as two tennis tournaments are held back-to-back in the city; first up are the women in their WTA Premier 5 event before it’s the men’s turn in their ATP 500 tournament. The women’s week looks particularly strong as seven of the current world top ten are in action, including Germany’s Angelique Kerber, who enjoyed an astonishing 2016. She won her first Grand Slam in Australia in January before reaching the final of Wimbledon and then winning the US Open. Also on show are Agnieszka Radwanska and emerging Brit, Johanna Konta. This is the 25th year of the event, so expect a lot of interesting activations and celebrations throughout the two weeks. Get the oversized tennis balls at the ready.
When: February 19 – March 4
Where: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium
Contact: +971 4 417 2415,
Hip Hop on Air with DJ Mel DeBarge
Celebrity DJ Mel DeBarge will have the VIP Room crowd on their feet with his eclectic set that features a balanced mix of old skool hits and new dance anthems.
When: Thursday, February 23
Where: VIP Room Dubai, JW Marriott Marquis
Contact: +971 52 881 8888,